All too often I have found myself focusing on the negative things that may have taken place during the day. Bad day at work, a rude comment from random stranger at the store, or whatever it may be. It’s easy to let these things take over. But then there are the random acts of kindness that can really change the course of your day. Simple things like a kind smile when you’ve had a bad day. Or when you’re in line at that coffee place, and you find out the person ahead of you paid for yours, and left the message to “remember how it made you feel, and pass it on”. These simple acts are what helps to restore faith in humanity :).
I’m lucky enough to say I’ve been on the receiving end of the kindness of strangers. The strongest influences coming to mind right now, are the wonderful people I’ve met through the MPN community. I have received wonderful advice, support, information, and love from people who I’ve never even met. There is nothing more isolating than thinking that you are going through your trials/suffering alone. When you find a community of people who know what you’re feeling, not just someone who can sympathize, but someone who has actually BEEN where you are…it is amazing. It is liberating. For 10 years now I have been lucky enough to find comfort knowing that I’m not alone. Knowing that there are others out there who feel the same way that I do, and who are there to share stories, and help lift my spirits. Thank you, Good Samaritans. Thank you, empathizers. Thank you, friends.
As always, you are your own best advocate. If you do not stand up for yourself, who will?
Next up – #HAWMC Day 4 – Creature of Habit
Until next time,